Many historic buildings in New Castle are privately owned and thus not open to the public. Stop by the Court House to pick up a map and guide to the town's historic buildings, which points out the ones open to the public. Note: Almost everything (except a few restaurants and shops) is closed on Mondays and weekdays in winter.
A notable building is the 1820 Immanuel Episcopal Church on the Green, at Second and Harmony sts., which was the first parish of the Church of England in Delaware. Extensively damaged by fire in 1980, it has been carefully restored. The adjoining cemetery is the resting place of many prominent Delawareans, including George Read I, signer of the Declaration of Independence. Another is the New Castle-Frenchtown Railroad Ticket Office, a tiny white building and a stretch of track in Battery Park that recalls the 1820s horse-drawn railway, once part of an important commercial route.
The historic district has only a few shops. For country items, stop by Almost History, 302 Delaware St. (tel. 302/322-6434). Crafters will find Two Morrow's Stitches That Count, 306 Delaware St. (tel. 302/328-7888), useful.
Attention Hog Fans -- Is it a restaurant, a museum, or a motorcycle dealership? Actually, Mike's Famous Harley-Davidson, 2160 New Castle Ave., New Castle (tel. 800/FAMOUS-HD [326-6874]; www.mikesfamous.com), is all three. Just off the Delaware Memorial Bridge at I-295 South and Route 9 in New Castle, motorcycle enthusiasts can eat at Mike's Warehouse Grill; visit the Museum of the American Road; and shop for a new or used Harley parts, clothes, or baby gear. The grill describes its cuisine as "regional American roadside," serving what Delaware Today has called the best chili in the area. The museum (admission $4 adults; $3 children 4-10, seniors, students, and military) features the Harley ridden around the world. Store, restaurant, and museum hours vary seasonally, but all are open daily. Mike's also hosts bike runs, parties, and other events, and offers motorcycle rentals as well. Check the website for hours and special events.
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